Memoirs: Fifty Years of Political Reflection

Memoirs: Fifty Years of Political Reflection

Memoirs: Fifty Years of Political Reflection

Memoirs: Fifty Years of Political Reflection

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"Raymond Aron (1905-83), a prominent French writer and thinker, has won the respect and admiration of leading figures from all spheres of twentieth-century life and from all points of the political spectrum. His dispassionate, probing analyses of international affairs, social and economic problems, and contemporary history have become increasingly influential in the U. S. and foreign arenas of political discourse and public policy. An independent thinker who was often called the lone voice of reason in the heat of political conflicts, Aron became well known for the penetration, boldness, and clearsightedness of his ideas." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Henry A. Kissinger

Raymond Aron was a philosopher and a journalist. He wrote seminal works on the philosophy of history, on Clausewitz, on war and peace. He composed several trenchant columns a week, mostly for Le Figaro but also for an extraordinary range of other publications, philosophical, historical or topical in scope. and he maintained that pace with astonishing brilliance for nearly fifty years.

Raymond Aron was my friend. He was also my teacher. Few intellectuals have had a deeper impact on my thinking; none a greater one. Lest I burden his memory with my critics, let me add that he was on occasion less than satisfied with his student.

I met Raymond Aron in Paris in the fifties. It was in his apartment along the Seine--I a graduate student and he already a famous intellectual. At the time I was editing a publication called Confluence, a journal of limited circulation which I had launched in naive ignorance of the mechanics of publishing a small magazine, not to mention the financial vagaries. It was to be a medium through which European and American intellectuals could debate a series of issues of mutual interest. Aron seemed surprised at my youth; I was intimidated by his fame and somewhat skeptical manner. It was . . .

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